The California Department of Public Health has begun a program of providing free condoms by mail to children as young as twelve.Of course they don't realize they're just adding fuel to the fire with the message that having sex outside of marriage is OK, just use a condom. This idea is flawed for several reasons. First, it suggests condoms will prevent STD's. They won't. Many are spread through nonintercourse activity. Second, it suggests that the only problem with casual sex is getting pregnant or contracting a disease. Wrong. The emotional and I dare say moral consequences are enormous. Third, it treats sex like a recreational sport instead of an intimate giving of oneself to another person.
The Condom Access Project (CAP) was rolled out the week of February 14th in Alameda, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Kern and parts of San Francisco counties under the direction of the California Family Health Council. These areas were chosen, according to the STD Control Branch of the Department of Public Health, because of the high rates of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases and infections among teens in these counties.
Teenagers are directed to a website, TeenSource.org, where, after filling out the request form, they can have a free package of ten condoms along with lubricant and sex-ed literature mailed to their home addresses in a plain yellow envelope.
Supporters of the program admit that while abstinence is the only sure way of preventing teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, they believe that providing more free condoms will help to decrease California’s staggering teen pregnancy and STD rates.
“Usually when we see high numbers, there’s a lack of access to comprehensive sex education and reproductive services,” Amy Moy, vice president of public affairs for the Family Health Council, told the Bakersfield Californian. “There may also be a culture in the community where things like comprehensive sex education and related issues aren’t discussed and resources aren’t available.”
The question I have is: How bad do things have to get before people wake up and understand the damage they're causing.